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Definition of "xeroderma" []

  • Excessive or abnormal dryness of the skin, as in ichthyosis. (noun)
  • Any abnormal dryness of the skin as the result of diminished secretions from the sweat or sebaceous glands (noun)

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Use "xeroderma" in a sentence
  • "There is a rare disease called xeroderma pigmentosum XP."
  • "People with a rare inherited disorder called xeroderma pigmentosum have extreme sensitivity to the sun and must avoid exposure at all times. a chronic form of sun sensitivity, most often seen in elderly men , that shows up as itchy red, inflamed bumps and scaly patches on sun-exposed skin, Dr. Sarnoff and co-authors wrote in The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal in 2008."
  • "All of them have the rare disease known as XP -- xeroderma pigmentosum."